Church Leadership

Grant Austin

Tech Director
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Grant, born and raised in Gillette, has attended New Life for most of his life. In 2013 Grant graduated from Western Governors University and on April 13, 2013 he married his wife Lindsey. Grant is happy to be a part of what Christ is doing at New Life and how New Life is being used by God to show non believers that there is a one true God and he loves you more than you will ever know.

Mitch Austin

Worship Director
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Mitch was born and raised in Gillette, calling New Life home as long as he can remember. He studied music at Black Hills State University, and graduated in the fall of 2012. Mitch enjoys the church gathering to worship as one voice.

Elly Henning

Life Group & LOVE Gillette Ministry Director
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Elly grew up in Gillette and then attended college in Grand Junction, Colorado where she studied Political Science. She then left the West for a career in Washington, D.C. working for U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., as his press secretary for seven years. Elly returned to Gillette in 2011 and soon after she met Robert Henning and they married in 2013. Robert is the Director of the Rockpile Museum. Robert and Elly welcomed their son Samuel into the world in May of 2016. They are also the proud parents of Angus and Cashew, their Dachshund/Chihuahua mix dogs. They enjoy live music, game nights with friends and being involved in their church and community. Elly loves making people feel welcome at church and also in her home.

Sara Reile

Youth Director
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Sara was born and raised in Germany until 2001 when her family moved to Gillette. She graduated high school from CCHS in 2011 and attended Gillette College on a basketball scholarship for two years, then transferred to the University of Wyoming and studied there for two years. She started attending New Life Sunday services and youth group in 2008. Sara is currently pursuing a district pastoral license through the Oklahoma Wesleyan online Program and hopes to pursue a career in youth ministries.

Billy Wilson

Lead Pastor
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Billy & Kim were married on August 6, 1994. They were high school sweethearts, getting married just after Billy turned 21 and having twins, Caleb and Hannah, twelve months later. God rounded out their family by adding another daughter, Grace, and another son, Daniel. Billy’s undergraduate (MidAmerica Nazarene University) and first career were in education, but then felt called to pastoral ministry. In 2000, Billy earned a Master of Arts from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, and a Doctor of Ministry from George Fox University in Portland, OR, in 2013. Billy & Kim pastored in Pierre, SD, from 2001-2005, and started a church in their hometown of Olathe, KS from 2005-2009, before moving to New Life in Gillette to become executive pastor in 2010, then senior pastor in 2011

Darci Wilson

Children's Pastor
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Darci was married to Mike Wilson on March 15, 2008. She received her undergraduate and graduate (MBA) degrees from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, OK. She is originally from Sharon Springs, KS, where her father continues to raise cattle. Darci worked in University Student/Professor relations prior to moving to Gillette in 2011.

Kim Wilson

Director of Hospitality
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For the first twenty years of her marriage to Billy, Kim was able to be a stay-at-home mom to their four children. Now that kids are taking turns heading off to college, and an empty nest soon awaits her and Billy, she is discovering God’s purpose for her in this new chapter. She loves encouraging ladies as well as managing New Life’s coffee shop and making Sunday mornings as warm and welcoming as possible.

Mike Wilson

Executive Pastor
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Mike received his undergraduate and graduate (MBA) degrees from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Barltesville, OK. He is originally from Olathe, KS where he worked with Pastor Billy (brothers) to plant a small church. He previously served as the Resident Director, Worship Director, and Staff Council President at his alma mater. Mike has a passion to see the joy of new life in Christ spread to those who have not yet experienced His grace, and he passionately serves the kingdom by creating a joy-filled atmosphere of worship.